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East European Literatures: Thinking Change, Conceiving Futures, NeMLA, April 7-10, 2011

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 12:15pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable seeks proposals with regard to East European literary texts, written after 1989, or contemporary theoretical works that implement or perform a certain vision for the future of the country from which the text hails or of the region as a whole. Because the way change is conceptualized, on both the macro and the micro levels, has a direct bearing on the way a future is conceived, particularly encouraged are submissions that explore this relation. Please email 250-word abstracts to Mihaela Harper at

Abstract deadline: September 30, 2010

Women Writers and Psychoanalysis

Monday, May 31, 2010 - 3:40pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This session is seeking paper submissions for a panel on American women writers' responses to Freud.

Submissions should address one of the following subjects:

Revisions of Freudian texts; Alternatives to the Freudian model of psychoanalytic practice; Responses to Freud as a cultural figure; Writing psychoanalysis through form, style, and technique.

Please email submissions to Kristina Marie Darling,

Heroes in Rober Cormier's Novel "Heroes" Deadline: June 1st

Monday, May 31, 2010 - 2:11pm
Eduardo Morones/ Moreno Valley High AP Literature Class

Robert Cormier, author of various renowned young adult novels, began writing at the ripe age of twelve. As Cormier began to age and mature, he slowly established a reputation as a brilliant and uncompromising writer. His masterful use of flashback and gothic realism has led him to become one of the most popular novel writers of the 20th century. One of his last novels, Heroes, revolves around the idea of heroism. Some scholars believe a hero is defined by his actions, while others believe it is a person's intentions which make them a hero. What is more important in a person's life - his or her good deeds or bad ones?

The Languages of James Joyce, NeMLA convention, April 7-10, 2011

Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 10:44am
Salvatore Pappalardo, Maria Kager/Rutgers University

This panel welcomes papers investigating Joyce's multilingualism. What are the aesthetic and political implications of crossing language boundaries, narrating through multilingual puns and polyglot pastiche in Joyce's works? Suitable topics include the author's complicated relation with Irish, the challenge of translating Joyce's multilingual texts, the relationship between Joyce's multilingualism and cosmopolitanism, and comparisons between Joyce and other writers.

Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

The NeMLA conference, hosted by Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, will take place on April 7-10, 2011.

NEMLA Queer Counterpublics: deadline 9/30/2010

Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:26am
Grace Sikorski

Call for Papers

Queer Counter Public

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

This panel welcomes papers on queer counterpublics including LGBTQ, drag, bdsm, fetish, butch/femme, polyamory, etc., in literature, film, and culture; the subversion of the hegemonic order of sex, sexuality, gender, desire, and bodies; alternative discursive, symbolic, imaginary, or literal locations for queer behaviors, bodies, and identities; and the role of consumer culture in the production of queer counterpublics. Submit to

Trauma Narratives and 'Herstory' with special emphasis on the work of Eva Figes

Friday, May 28, 2010 - 10:00am
University of Northampton (UK) and University of Zaragoza (Spain)

Trauma Narratives and 'Herstory'
with special emphasis on the work of Eva Figes
An International Conference co-organised by:
Division of Media, English and Culture, School of the Arts, University of Northampton (UK)
Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana, Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)

To be held at the School of the Arts, University of Northampton (UK),Friday 12th – Saturday 13th November 2010

I am a grandmother now and, like all grandmothers, I have a head full of stories about the past. But my stories are not like other people's, which makes them more fascinating for my descendants, if not always easy to talk about. All of them are strange, in one way or another, but so were the times. (Figes, 2008: 1)

Visceral Subjects: Exploring Bodies, Exploring Knowledges (Deadline Sept. 30, 2010)

Friday, May 28, 2010 - 6:34am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

April 7-10, 2011

New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick

Host Institution: Rutgers University

The past fifteen years have given birth to radically new technologies, new media, and new experiments in film and literature, for which we must develop original ways of thinking about knowledge. In particular, how does embodiment figure in this reevaluation of epistemology? How do our bodies interact with the new forms of knowledge and learning to which we are confronted? How do they help us understand our own viscerality?
Please submit 250-word abstracts to Caroline Godart (

The New Creative Writing: Bringing Forward a New Era of Instruction

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:31am
Principal editors: Dianne Donnelly, Patrick Bizzaro, Gary Hawkins

The status of genre writing has been redefined for us in the work of Gunther Kress. Kress reminds us that writing involves more than the alphabetic notion that we write poems, stories, plays and essays. In fact, communication is large, contains multitudes, to paraphrase Whitman; it involves visual and aural elements as well as traditional writing. As a result, even those of us who have not technologized our classes have felt the need to revise our courses (and our assignments) accordingly to include more and more of what our students bring with them as prior knowledge and experience to our classes. There is new teaching to be done, and we must bring forward a new era of instruction in creative writing.

[UPDATE] Crowd Forms in American Literature [NeMLA Conference April 7-10, 2011 in New Brunswick, NJ]

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:52am
42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association [NeMLA]

This panel of the 2011 Northeast Modern Language Association conference seeks to redress traditional understandings of collectives in American literature. Speaking of literature in general, Larzer Ziff notes that the crowd is "at best…but a backdrop" against which the drama of the individual unfolds ("Whitman and the Crowd" 585). Henry James makes such a recognition a virtual dictum of realism, when, in the preface to The Princess Casamassima, he speaks of the necessity of the "finely aware" individual consciousness for registering the fleeting impressions of the crowded city streets (12).

Special Issue on Cognitive Information Processing, March 2011

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 6:48am
Majlesi Journal of Electrical Engineering

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to, the following subject categories:

Information theoretic learning; Learning theory and modeling; Bayesian models; Data representation and analysis; Graphical and kernel methods; Adaptive learning algorithms; Cooperative theory, game theory; Collaborative sensing techniques; Other related topics.

Cognitive dynamic systems; Multimedia signal analysis and recognition;
Cognitive radio networks and modulation techniques ; Dynamic spectrum management ;Target detection, estimation, tracking, and identification; Waveform agility design;Remote sensing; Distributed, cooperative and adaptive processing; Blind source separation

[UPDATE] GLITS Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference: PARADOX (REGISTRATION is open; conference 26 June 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 5:08am
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Registration for the GLITS Goldsmiths Literature Seminar Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference, is open. Admission is free.

The second annual conference is to be held at Goldsmiths College in London, UK, Saturday 26 June 2010. The keynote speaker is Christopher Norris.

The focus of the event this year is paradox, the strange territory between reason and intuition, involving the simultaneous processes of grasping and letting go of the doxa.


Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:25am

I am pleased to announce the publication of the third volume of "Ravenna", an online interdisciplinary journal devoted to the relationship between nineteenth-century Britain and Italy. "Ravenna" is edited by Elisa Bizzotto and Luca Caddia and published by Steven Halliwell at The Rivendale Press as one of THE OSCHOLARS group of fin de siècle journals under the general editorship of David Charles Rose.

This issue includes the following articles:

- Fabio Camilletti, "Veils. A Reading of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 'St. Agnes of Intercession'";

Cinema and Demos/ NEMLA 2011 convention, New Brunswick, April 7-10 2011

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:00pm
Elif Sendur / SUNY Binghamton

From its very inception the relation between cinema and masses is somewhat a concern among any scholar who takes cinema seriously. Whereas Kracauer underlines cinema's performance in fulfilling mass desires, Benjamin inaugurates the birth of a new subject who is simultaneously a critique and an actor. For Balazs and Munsterberg, the control of the production of cinema and preventing the mis-distribution of its meaning are of primary importance. Hence, from the very first moments, cinema has been conceptualized as a pharmakon even though critics have not put it in those terms explicitly.